South Carolina Democratic Primary Advisory Questions (June 2014)

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Democratic Primary Advisory Questions
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Type:Advisory questions
Referred by:Democratic Party of South Carolina
Topic:Elections and campaigns on the ballot
Status:Approved Approveda
2014 measures
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June 10
Democratic Primary AQsApproveda
Republican Primary AQsApproveda
November 4
Amendment 1Approveda
Amendment 2Approveda

Three South Carolina Democratic Primary Advisory Questions were on the June 10, 2014 Democratic Party primary ballot in South Carolina as advisory questions. All three were approved. The measures asked Democratic Party primary voters about how they view three statewide political issues:[1][2]

  1. Allowing the state to determine how to regulate online gaming rather than the federal government.
  2. Changing gaming laws to provide for revenue for transportation infrastructure.
  3. Legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.

The measures, while statewide, were party specific and only appeared on the ballot for those who choose to vote on a Democratic Party ballot on primary election day.


Responding to the approval of Question 2, House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford (D-74) proposed a Myrtle Beach Casinos for Transportation Funding Amendment. The legislatively-referred constitutional amendment would allow "well-regulated, upscale casinos" in and around Myrtle Beach. Tax revenue from the casinos would be used to fund transportation infrastructure repairs and improvements.[3]

Election results

Below are the official election results for Question 1:

Question 1
Approveda Yes 89,365 72.36%

Below are the official election results for Question 2:

Question 2
Approveda Yes 99,667 80.50%

Below are the official election results for Question 3:

Question 3
Approveda Yes 94,961 75.29%
These results are from the South Carolina State Election Commission.

Text of the measure

There were three advisory questions on the Democratic Party primary ballot in 2014.

Question 1

Question 1 was related to gambling. The official ballot text for the question read as follows:[2]

Do you believe each state - not Congress - should decide for itself whether to allow online gaming and determine how to regulate online gaming in their state?


Question 2

Question 2 was related to gambling, transportation and taxes. The official ballot text for the question read as follows:[2]

The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the reapirs instead of a tax increase?


Question 3

Question 3 was related to marijuana. The official ballot text for the question read as follows:[2]

Should medical marijuana be legalized for use in cases of severe, chronic illnesses when documented by a physician?


Open primary

South Carolina has an open primary system for party candidate nominations for elections. This means that any registered voter, no matter what their party affiliation, can vote in any party's primary. However, a voter can only vote in one party's primary. On June 10, 2014, South Carolinians selected a primary ballot at their voting places, either a Republican ballot or a Democratic ballot. Those who selected a Democratic ballot voted on the Democratic advisory questions, while those who select a Republican ballot voted on the Republican advisory questions.

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing ballot measures in South Carolina
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The Democratic Party of South Carolina submitted non-binding advisory questions to be placed on the party's primary ballot. The South Carolina Election Commission gave political parties until April 9, 2014 to submit their questions. The election commission charged the Democratic Party $3,500 for adding their questions to the ballot.[1]

House Minority Leader J. Todd Rutherford (D-74) said the measures are meant to give voters an opportunity to tell the party about their views on the issues.[5]

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